Gifts, Making, Making Do, Upcycling

Homemade Gift Bags

May 28, 2015
Homemade Paper Bag

I make these little gift bags all the time. They are super quick, I can make them using whatever paper is lying around, and they are recyclable-total winners!

I found these instructions a couple of years ago, and this is my version.

This is what you need:

  • Paper-you can use anything you like. I have used greaseproof in the past, and also a big roll of brown paper we got from the scrapstore, as well as wrapping paper, newspaper, or even a sheet of A4 printer paper (although that makes quite a teeny bag!)
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A darning needle, and some yarn or ribbon

This is what you do:

The original instructions are for A4 paper, but as I said, this makes for quite teeny bags, and limits you on how many biscuits etc you can fit inside.
I make mine bigger, but try to keep the proportions roughly the same width:length as A4. Bascially, make sure you have a rectangle!
I tend to use a ruler and then tear my paper using it, as I am too lazy to draw a straight line and then cut along it…
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I then thread my darning needle with whatever yarn I have lying about a suitably complementary colour yarn and thread the yarn through the flaps at the top, and use this to tie the bag shut once it’s filled with something suitably yummy:

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The pictures and the text make this look waaaaay harder than it actually is! I can whip one of these up in moments now.
I’m thinking video instructions might be the way to go…!

Clothes, Happy Stuff!, Making

My Granny Square Shrug!

May 22, 2015
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It’s official.
I am addicted to Granny Square’s.
I cannot stop making them.
I think I love the unchallenging aspect of them. The fact that I don’t really have to think, and I can just keep on going, with half an eye on the latest box set, or while the kids are running around screaming at each other playing nicely.
I’ve made THREE cushion covers, a bag (I’ll blog this ASAP!), my granny square poncho, and some extra squares just ‘cos I can’t stop…

And now…..my Granny Square Shrug!

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